Catch the first debate for Mayor of the Village of Greenport, broadcasting live from the Greenport School.

Greenport Business Improvement District President and Greenport Harbor Brewing Company co-founder Richard Vandenburgh and Kevin Stuessi, a developer of restaurants and hotels and founder of Peconic Holdings, are vying against sitting Mayor George Hubbard.

Rena Wilhelm will moderate.

The March 21 election will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Greenport Firehouse at 236 Third Street.

Community members are planning three more debates early March.

A Trustee debate will be held Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 768 Main Street in Greenport, streaming live on the First Universalist Church of Southold’s Facebook page.

A second debate for Village Trustees will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenport School Auditorium at 720 Front Street. The Beacon will be livestreaming that debate. A second debate for Mayor will also be held at the Greenport School Auditorium on March 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Rena Wilhelm will moderate the mayoral debates and Heather Wolf will moderate the Trustee debates.

This election has proven to be a contentious one, as all of the non-incumbent candidates were originally stricken from the ballot by the village clerk. The village board later reinstated their candidacy, but the matter is slated to be heard soon before the New York State Supreme Court.

Voters who are registered with the Suffolk County Board of Elections using an address already inside the Incorporated Village of Greenport are automatically registered to vote in Greenport. Anyone registered to vote at a location outside the village is not eligible to vote in village elections.

The village will be holding two voter registration days on Thursday,  March 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Village Hall, 236 Third Street in Greenport Village. More details are available at villageofgreenport.org.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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